While Leeds United fans were universally astounded to see new owner Massimo Cellino hire the unknown David Hockaday as head coach during the summer, the Elland Road faithful only had to wait 70 days before the former Forest Green boss was shown the door after an underwhelming start to the season.
With the Championship season still very much in its infancy, Leeds will now be looking to get a new head coach in place who can salvage something out of this campaign.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is regarded as one of the best in the world. He enhanced his reputation even further by performing a starring role for the German national team at the World Cup 2014. Despite being a goalkeeper, Neuer almost performed like a sweeper for most of the tournament and it helped Germany avoid a number of goals. Germany’s back four is certainly not the quickest due to the presence of players like Per Mertesacker, but manager Joachim Loew has been able to play a high-line because of Neuer’s presence.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed that he would love to see the club signed Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos, who is widely expected to depart German football in the summer. The 24-year-old is out of contract next summer. Hence, Bayern Munich will be willing to accept a lower transfer fee rather than lose him on a free transfer next summer. Manchester United were thought to be one of the clubs heavily interested in him a few months ago. Now, the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid have also entered into the race to sign the German international.
Wayne Rooney has unusually compared himself with former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in order to show that he is not a player with a lot of ego. Rooney was once spoken of as the next great player in the world, but he is yet to reach the heights attained by the likes of Ronaldo. After having played for several years with Ronaldo, Rooney was often seen to hit new heights. However, it has never come, but Ronaldo has gone on to lift more FIFA Ballon d’Or awards. Rooney has responded to the criticism that he has not delivered in the last few years.
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed that he wants to win the Premier league title in his first season at the club. This comes as an ambitious statement from the Dutchman, who has won league titles in each and every one of his previous clubs. Van Gaal has managed with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich in his previous managerial jobs with club teams. He was already one of the favourite to replace Alex Ferguson when the Scot announced his retirement in 2005. Now, he has been the club’s first choice after they parted company with David Moyes.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has claimed that he wants to be the new captain of Manchester United. After the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Rooney is one of the senior players at the club has been playing for them for a long time. The appointment of Louis van Gaal appeared to make Robin van Persie the number one striker at the club. The Dutchman has a great relationship with the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager, who is in charge of the Dutch national team now.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has claimed that the German outfit have their work cut out against Manchester United in the Champions League, despite the poor form of the English club.
After the first managerial change in 26 years, United have been struggling for form under David Moyes. They have slipped to seventh in the table, which would have been unthinkable during the years of Ferguson. Even though they have had some great results against Bayern Munich over the years, this United team are expected to struggle against the German outfit.
Legendary Scottish soccer club Celtic is planning a foray into very lucrative English Premier League. It has been reported that UEFA is flexible for discussions with the club in their recent mission to finding an escape avenue out of Scot football.
UEFA’s nod into discussions with Celtic has been confirmed by Gianni Infantino, the general secretary.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll says that the club has lost their fighting spirit under the new management of David Moyes. The club have been struggling with poor form for most of this season, and it looks to be their worst for a long time.
They are in danger of missing out on Champions League football for next season after languishing seventh in the table with only 10 matches remaining in the season. Their main competitors for the top four places – Liverpool – are closer to the table leaders Chelsea rather than Manchester United.
It is World Cup year and going out on penalties is a realistic proposition for England. Maybe if they read our guide they might not fall at that hurdle this time…
With the World Cup coming up, it's a racing certainty that a couple of teams will be taking the sad, long flight home having been knocked out on penalties.
It's the worst way to go out.
There's a lot more to it than you might think. Here are a few fascinating shootout stats, provided by Betfair.